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Let Islamic institutions denounce terrorists use of faith

Let Islamic institutions denounce terrorists use of faith

Author: Editorial
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: February 10, 2009

Let Islamic institutions denounce terrorists use of faith

Islamic religious leaders owe it to their faith and community to issue a fatwa against terrorists claiming shelter in Islam, says Dharma Raksha Manch in this appeal

T he Dharma Raksha Manch recently adopted a resolution, appealing to Islamic religious institutions and leaders to denounce terrorism. The following are excerpts from the resolution:

"It is the sacred duty of Islamic religious leaders to isolate terrorists who claim the right to kill kafirsas per the tenets of Islam.

The Dharma Raksha Manch, which consists of ancient and highly revered Hindu religious institutions, is extremely concerned about the relentless attacks on India by terrorists who openly claim to be inspired by the Islamic faith and the Islamic holy texts.
The e-mail which were proved to have been sent at the instance of terrorists clearly make out that they are motivated by what they interpret to be their religious duty. Such e-mail came ahead of the blasts in Bangalore, Jaipur and Delhi and the media had carried them. The e-mail sent by the terrorists who described themselves as Indian Mujahideen before the terror attack on Gujarat brings out their reliance on their religious edicts for their act of 'jihad' against the 'non-believers' (kafirs).

The terrorists' claim is this: The Hindus are kafirs; the holy Quran commands the faithful to kill them; whatever they do constitutes religious war, jihad. So they are only obeying the command of Allah as proclaimed in their holy war.

The Dharma Raksha Manch is extremely concerned at the religious motivation for terror. We are also concerned that the terrorists view of the Islamic holy text has the potential to motivate many fellow Muslims not only to support their acts but also turn them into terrorists.

Despite this explicit and brazen invocation of the Islamic text for violence, the Islamic religious institutions have kept total silence on terrorists claim that their holy book commands them to kill non-believers. Instead, there is an attempt by some to explain away the phenomenon of terror as due to illiteracy, unemployment and other socio-economic causes.

The Dharma Raksha Manch is of the firm opinion that Islamic theological institutions and their leaders owe it to their faith and its adherents to come forward and comprehensively deny, with an appropriate fatwa, as per Islamic tradition, the claims of the terrorists. But regrettably there is no such thought or move by Islamic religious leaders even though most of them have expressed themselves against terror and asserted that Islam is a religion of peace.

The Dharma Raksha Manch, therefore, appeals to Islamic religious Institutions and scholars to come forward with an appropriate fatwa to declare in unequivocal terms that:

* Hindus are not kafirs;

* Therefore there can be no jihad against Hindus;

The Dharma Raksha Manch also appeals to the Islamic religious leaders to issue a proper fatwa according to their tradition to further declare that:

* India is not Dar-ul-Harab, that is, India is not a land against which Islamists have to wage war;

* India is a Dar-ul-Aman, that is, India is a land of peace as Muslims can practice Islam without any impediment.

Such an unequivocal declaration alone will deny terrorists the legitimacy to use Islam for their violence, and isolate them within the Islamic community.

The Dharma Raksha Manch recalls that in 1992 Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband, a respected Islamic school, issued a fatwa saying that Hindus are not kafirs, India is not Dar-uI-Harab, but Dar-ul-Aman. Unfortunately, many other Islamic institutions had issued fatwa against Dr Abdul Raza Bedar, the then director of Khuda Baksh Library in Patna, who had said that Hindus were not kafirs. Now even Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband has kept silent on this vital claim of the terrorists, although it has held large conventions against terror and has declared that Islam is against terrorism.

The Dharma Raksha Manch, therefore, appeals to all Islamic religious institutions and particularly, the following:

1. All-India Milli Council;

2. All-India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat;

3. All-India Muslim Personal Law Board;

4. All-India Organisation of Imams of Mosques;

5. Al Jamia Tus Saifiyah;

6. Al Jamiatul Ashrafia;

7. Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband;

8. Dar-ul-Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow;

9. Dar-ul-Uloom Manzar-e-Islam;

10. Islamic Fiqh Academy;

11. Tabligh Jamaat (known as a Markaz);

12 Jamaat-e-Islami Hind; and,

13 Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

to come forward to declare,

* Hindus are not kafirs;

* India is not Dar-ul-Harab;

* India is Dar-ul-Aman; and,

* there can be no jihad against India or Hindus.

The Dharma Raksha Manch also appeals to the Islamic religious leaders to declare that any one who violates their fatwa is not a Muslim.

The Dharma Raksha Manch firmly believes that the Islamic religious leaders will not allow their faith to be misused by the terrorists and will positively respond to the appeal of the Dharma Raksha Manch. The Dharma Raksha Manch is firmly of the view that this is the only way to isolate the terrorists from the Islamic faith and mainstream Muslim society.

This will only stop the faith-motivated recruitment and support for terror. All other efforts can never bear fruit unless this fundamental cause of terror, namely the claim of the terrorists, is clearly and effectively repudiated by the Islamic religious and spiritual leaders.

The Dharma Raksha Manch is sending this appeal to the Islamic religious and spiritual institutions individually.

This appeal has been signed by the Acharyas who constitute the Dharma Raksha Manch."

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